Victoria Petersen

Smoke can be seen rising from areas scarred by the Swan Lake Fire on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at Mile 10 of Skilak Loop Road, on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Transmission line damaged by Swan Lake Fire repaired, re-energized

The line had been out of commission since August.

Smoke can be seen rising from areas scarred by the Swan Lake Fire on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at Mile 10 of Skilak Loop Road, on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Pete Sprague, who is running to be the mayor of Soldotna, is seen here at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna on Dec. 4, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Mayoral election to be certified Dec. 30

Unofficial results show former Soldotna Mayor Pete Sprague holds almost 70% of the vote.

Pete Sprague, who is running to be the mayor of Soldotna, is seen here at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna on Dec. 4, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Waste team in Kenai builds more than 60 bikes to give to area children this holiday season. (Photo by Alaska Waste Kenai operations manager Josue Rivera-Cruz/provided by Alaska Waste)                                Alaska Waste team in Kenai builds more than 60 bikes to give to area children this holiday season. (Photo by Alaska Waste Kenai operations manager Josue Rivera-Cruz/provided by Alaska Waste)

Bicycles built for 62

The waste services company held its Christmas Promise Bike Build for the second year in a row.

Alaska Waste team in Kenai builds more than 60 bikes to give to area children this holiday season. (Photo by Alaska Waste Kenai operations manager Josue Rivera-Cruz/provided by Alaska Waste)                                Alaska Waste team in Kenai builds more than 60 bikes to give to area children this holiday season. (Photo by Alaska Waste Kenai operations manager Josue Rivera-Cruz/provided by Alaska Waste)
Voters took to Soldotna City Hall to cast their ballots for the city’s next mayor, who will serve until October 2020, Dec. 17, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Unofficial results: Sprague wins Soldotna mayors race

The mayor’s seat was left vacant after the Sept. 10 death of Mayor John Nels Anderson.

Voters took to Soldotna City Hall to cast their ballots for the city’s next mayor, who will serve until October 2020, Dec. 17, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The U.S. Drought Monitor conditions for Alaska can be seen in this Dec. 10, 2019 map. (Image courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor)

Snow, rain fail to ease peninsula drought

While precipitation was above normal for the Kenai Peninsula, snow pack remains below normal.

The U.S. Drought Monitor conditions for Alaska can be seen in this Dec. 10, 2019 map. (Image courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor)
Victoria Petersen / Peninsula Clarion                                 Rick McGlasson bought Kassik’s Brewery in Nikiski with his wife, Michelle.

Community meets Kassik’s Brewery new owners

15 years after they started their brewery, the Kassiks are set to retire to be closer to family.

Victoria Petersen / Peninsula Clarion                                 Rick McGlasson bought Kassik’s Brewery in Nikiski with his wife, Michelle.
Pete Sprague, left, and Charlene Tautfest, right, are seen here at the Soldotna Mayoral Candidate’s Forum at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna, Alaska on Dec. 4, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna mayoral election Tuesday

After the death of Mayor John Nels Anderson, the city council declared the mayor’s seat vacant.

Pete Sprague, left, and Charlene Tautfest, right, are seen here at the Soldotna Mayoral Candidate’s Forum at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna, Alaska on Dec. 4, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Newman Court in Diamond Ridge, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)

Assembly approves disaster funds, extends emergency declaration

Assembly voted to appropriate $280,000 to make necessary repairs to public infrastructure.

Newman Court in Diamond Ridge, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)
Mud and debris is washed up at Bear Creek near East End Road on Monday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Bear Creek crosses East End Road near Bear Creek Drive and overflowed the creek banks. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Borough to hold special meeting to consider funding for winter storm damage

Storms caused power outages, late-starts for schools, landslides and flooding in some areas.

Mud and debris is washed up at Bear Creek near East End Road on Monday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Bear Creek crosses East End Road near Bear Creek Drive and overflowed the creek banks. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces his state budget during a press conference at the Capitol in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire via AP)

Budget provides challenges, opportunities for local lawmakers

Dunleavy wants the Legislature to pass laws changing how much programs are funded.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces his state budget during a press conference at the Capitol in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire via AP)
The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, AK as seen on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Dunleavy appoints nominees to Homer, Kenai Court vacancies

The two were chosen from a list of applicants put forward by the Alaska Judicial Council.

The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, AK as seen on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Tustumena Elementary School recognized nationally

Every year, two schools are chosen to represent each state.

School enrollment dips, despite population growth

Fewer students than expected enrolled in peninsula schools this year. In its FY 2020 preliminary enrollment report to the state of Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

In this May 29, 2019 file photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters in his office at the state Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

School board requests full funding from state

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed FY 2021 budget is expected to be released this week

In this May 29, 2019 file photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters in his office at the state Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
Debris from a flood fills ditches along Meadow Drive near East End Road on Monday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Bear Creek crosses East End Road near Bear Creek Drive and overflowed the creek banks. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Peninsula recovers from severe weather

Warm temperatures and rain are still forecast to continue in some areas.

Debris from a flood fills ditches along Meadow Drive near East End Road on Monday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Bear Creek crosses East End Road near Bear Creek Drive and overflowed the creek banks. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Nikiski Fire Station #2 can be seen here on July 15, 2019 in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion

Nikiski fire station project funds approved

The additional funds brought the total cost of the project from $3.2 million to about $4.7 million.

Nikiski Fire Station #2 can be seen here on July 15, 2019 in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion
Mud and debris is washed up at Bear Creek near East End Road on Monday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Bear Creek crosses East End Road near Bear Creek Drive and overflowed the creek banks. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Winter storms bring floods, power outages, emergency declarations

Several weather-related events have caused damage across the entire peninsula.

Mud and debris is washed up at Bear Creek near East End Road on Monday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Bear Creek crosses East End Road near Bear Creek Drive and overflowed the creek banks. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly overrides mayor’s veto of tourism council funds

An ordinance awarding a $150,000 to the nonprofit passed at the Nov. 6 assembly meeting 6-3.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Frontage Road in Kenai, Alaska can be seen here on Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

HEA continues to address outages, 180 still without power

More than 3,000 people were without power on Tuesday.

Frontage Road in Kenai, Alaska can be seen here on Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Thirty duffel bags filled by the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors for children in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition Program are photographed in December 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Martin)

Community rallies for Students in Transition

The program supports local youth who are homeless or are facing challenges in their home life.

Thirty duffel bags filled by the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors for children in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition Program are photographed in December 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Martin)